HB 309 does not ban e-cigarettes. We have seen this in comments and posts about the bill, and it needs to be stated clearly that in no way does HB 309 affect the sale of e-cigarettes. It only limits where they can be used in public. Right now, someone can pull out an e-cigarette in a crowded restaurant and puff away.

“In light of the information shared today by State Prosecutor Kathleen Jennings regarding the misuse of state resources by Chief Medical Examiner Richard T. Callery, I believe Mr. Callery should be suspended from his duties without pay, pending further investigation of this possibly criminal activity.

Highlights from this week in the House.

Governor Jack Markell signed legislation Thursday sponsored by Reps. J.J. Johnson and Helene Keeley and Sen. Bryan Townsend to prohibit public employers from inquiring into an applicant’s criminal record before their first interview.

Red Clay School Board elections will be held on May 13th. You do not need to be a registered voter to vote in the school board election, you just have to reside in the Red Clay School District.

In this issue, items on e-cigarette legislation, 'Ban the box' and a 9-year-old's efforts to help Delaware's homeless and hungry.

Bills enhance the role of the PIC, provide a needed funding source

By Dr. Wilma Mishoe

On behalf of all the members of Delaware’s Public Integrity Commission, I want to thank the group of lawmakers in our General Assembly who, in collaboration with the Commission, recently introduced a package of legislation designed to improve and expand our agency’s ability to ensure transparency and public accountability in our government.

Delaware will observe National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at collection sites located throughout the state.

Click here for more information and to find a location near you.

Highlights from this week in the House

By Rep. Stephanie T. Bolden

Today we mark Equal Pay Day in the General Assembly. Equal Pay Day marks the extra time the average American women would need to work to earn as much as her average male counterpart did in the previous years.

Our weekly caucus email newsletter, highlighting events and business from Legislative Hall.

A bipartisan, bicameral group of 20 legislators sent a letter Thursday to the Department of Education raising concerns about new charter school applications currently being considered.

The General Assembly returned to session this week after six weeks of budget hearings, and things have been very busy in Legislative Hall.

A listing of bill activity from this week, including introductions, committee action and floor votes. 

I was very pleased with the dialogue that was started at the rail safety meeting I hosted earlier this month. With over 150 members of the community in attendance, the panelists were able to answer a number of important questions from what exactly is being carried in the tanker trains to how often the rail crossing are being inspected.

Today, the House passed a resolution recognizing this week as national Sunshine Week and today as the five-year anniversary of our chamber passing FOIA. The bill became law in June 2009, and we have been operating under those rules since then. Five years ago today, the House passed long-overdue legislation placing the General Assembly under the state’s Freedom of Information Act as a public body.

I'm writing to remind you of Monday's rail safety meeting. The meeting will take place at Delaware City Fire Hall this Monday, March 10, at 6 p.m.

By Rep. Debra Heffernan

Today marks the sixth annual Spread the Word to End the Word day. This youth-led movement to encourage the use of respectful language to refer to people with disabilities and end the use of the “R” word was started in 2009 by two young people, Timbo Shriver, son of Tim Shriver, and Soren Palumbo at a Special Olympics Global Youth Summit. It has spread throughout the United States and even internationally. This year’s theme is “Be The Change You Want to See in the World” and respect.

Hi Neighbor,

I hope you’ve been well during this cold weather lately.

Though the doctrine of “right to work” is presented as a pro-jobs, pro-worker concept, the term itself is misleading. In fact, “right to work” has almost nothing to do with the rights of workers, and everything to do with a certain partisan, anti-union message presented on behalf of big business.

On February 22, Conrad students and families volunteered at the Food Bank of Delaware. The goal was to pack 5 tons of food in three hours. We successfully packed 5 tons in just 90 minutes! If you are looking to volunteer your time, please contact the Food Bank of Delaware at (302) 292-1305 or visit their website at  

To make a difference, we need to intervene earlier with young people, helping them overcome any barriers to their success and guiding them to a more positive future.

For college-bound students, finding scholarships can be a difficult process. Below are several scholarships with fast-approaching application deadlines.

This week's edition of the Leg Hall Insider includes items about Newark Rep. John Kowalko celebrating a former constituent's 105th birthday, manufactured housing legislation spearheaded by Rep. Paul Baumbach and the results of a Route 1 Pedestrian Safety Task Force chaired by House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf.

I’m excited to be working together and creating solutions to the challenges facing our state. Several bills have already passed, including legislation to raise Delaware’s minimum wage. Various new bills also have been introduced, including several I’ve sponsored, mentioned below.

This month's newsletter contains some important reminders about upcoming events in the 2nd District, as well as information about a college scholarship program.

The General Assembly session for Tuesday, January 21, is cancelled due to the snowstorm hitting Delaware today. We will keep you informed if there are any updates for Wednesday.

The legislative Blue Collar Jobs Task Force issued its report on Monday...

Legislation giving ex-offenders an opportunity to gain employment after their release from prison cleared a House committee Wednesday.

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